"Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare and Milton"

This is a list of some of the greatest English writers that the world has seen.

Geoffrey Chaucer (1343 - 1400), considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages, is best known today for The Canterbury Tales.

Edmund Spenser (1552 - 1599), wrote the epic poem The Faerie Queene - an allegory, in praise of Queen Elizabeth I.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), regarded by many as the greatest playwright in the world, wrote some 40 plays, 154 sonnets, and several more poems, including well-loved works such as Hamlet, King Lear, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.

John Milton (1608 - 1674), wrote the beautiful epic poem Paradise Lost.